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Old 11-03-2009, 01:26 PM   #1
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Question Problem in installing Drivers of Nvidia Graphics Card in Kubuntu 9.10

Hi All

I have just installed Kubuntu 9.10 in my laptop and it did not ditected my Nvidia 8400 M GS graphics Card

I downloaded a driver file to install drivers but when i run it it shows the error

error:you appear to be running X server, please exit X before installing.

Don't know what the error is about.
I'm new to linux.

please help

Old 11-03-2009, 02:06 PM   #2
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You can't update your video drivers without killing X (the gui). What you need to do is from a terminal do sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop or sudo service kdm stop. This will dump you back to a console (i.e. with no graphical interface). Then you have to navigate to the proper directory and run the file by doing sudo sh

Or you can just try using the Kubuntu restricted drivers install programs.
Old 11-03-2009, 02:16 PM   #3
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Ctrl-alt-F1 login

sudo su
Now make driver executable
# chmod +x NVIDIA*
Kill the kdm DM
# /etc/init.d/kdm stop
Now install the driver; we need to ensure all build tools are installed
# apt-get install build-essential
Now install the driver and reboot
# sh ./NVIDIA*    ---> follow the prompts
# reboot
There are alternate ways, but this seemed to work best for me
Old 11-03-2009, 02:58 PM   #4
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Quick word of warning here, i dont know about anyone else, but the 190 series do NOT work for me on 9.10. I have tried the beta and the final release, and both just produce the a black screen on boot, with no access to ctrl+f1 or anything. total system crash. I have to go back to using the 185 series. I have the same gpu as youself, which is why it may be a problem, not sure tho, so have the 185 series downloaded aswel, incase there is a problem. Hoep there is not though.

To install them, download the drivers to a directory, i keep mine in ~/ for ease, then press ctrl+f1, and type

sudo service kdm stop

then enter your password, it will then take you to your users home directory, ~/, and you can type

sudo bash NVID(name of driver)

and then follow the instructions
Old 11-03-2009, 03:34 PM   #5
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You can also set up a ppa repository using this guide that will allow you to install/update drivers through synaptic. Worked great for me and you have the option of 185.xx or 190.xx drivers.
Old 11-04-2009, 01:53 PM   #6
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Thanks to you all


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